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Sudan calls for renewed talks on Nile dam

Christian Fernsby |
Sudan has called for the resumption of talks with Egypt and Ethiopia on the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam.

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Topics: SUDAN    NILE DAM   

The three countries have been at odds over the filling and operation of the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), under construction near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan on the Blue Nile, which flows into the Nile river.

Sudan’s irrigation minister on Monday invited his Egyptian and Ethiopian counterparts to resume negotiations digitally on Tuesday “in order to reach a comprehensive and satisfactory agreement that meets the interests of the three countries.”

The dam is the centrepiece in Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter but has sparked concerns in Cairo that Egypt’s already scarce supplies of Nile waters, on which its population of more than 100 million people is almost entirely dependent, would be further restricted.

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